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Man crossing tracks killed by Brightline train, cops say

A Brightline train arrives at the MiamiCentral station in Overtown.
A Brightline train arrives at the MiamiCentral station in Overtown. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

A man was killed Wednesday evening after he was hit by a Brightline train in Boynton Beach, according to police.

Thursday morning, a Boynton Beach police spokesperson said in an e-mail, "it appears that the 29-year-old man ran in front of the train in an apparent suicide."

The man, who identified as 29-year-old Luke Sherrill, of Boca Raton, was on the train track between East Gateway Boulevard and Miner Road when he was struck by a northbound train just before 6:30 p.m., the Boynton Beach police department tweeted.

The department said no roads were being impacted by the police investigation.

A Brightline spokeswoman Wednesday evening referred inquiries about the incident to the Boynton Beach Police Department. She did, however, stress safety and the importance of people staying off the train tracks.

This is at least the eighth person to be killed by the fast-moving commuter train since 2017, when testing began in South Florida. Recently, cities including Miami Shores, have been educating people about the risks of dashing across the tracks — especially since the trains may not have to sound their horns when crossing the tracks in certain areas.

Earlier this month, another man was killed in Boynton Beach as he stood on a stretch of train tracks just south of Woolbright Road.

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